To visualize the complete progress of a project in Jira, you certainly need to see the rolled up time estimates and story points of your Epics and see percentage completion at project level. Rolled up means summing up from Sub Task -> Story or Task -> Epics.
However while implementing SAFe, there is an issue hierarchy with more than just 2–3 levels. Many teams implement issue hierarchy like
Strategic Theme -> Business Epic -> Feature -> Story or Task -> Story or Task -> Sub-task
To achieve this in Jira, teams use Issue Link “is parent of” or “is child of” between Issues, instead of Epic Links. Because Epic Links can’t be chained between many levels. Issue Links doesn’t have any restrictions on chaining/levels. There may also be Issue Links for Dependencies or Blocking or Related.
Some teams also use Advanced roadmaps which allow to create levels above Epics.
And then to have more control on your project timelines, there is a need to strengthen your processes, to track your bottleneck issues. You need to see which issue has spent most time in which status or with which assignee, and take appropriate actions. Also you need to see where your resources are spending their time.
With the help of Agile Tools, you can achieve all of the above functionalities in one plugin.
Agile Tools – Epic Tree, Links Tree, Time in Status & Worklogs
Key features of the app are :
Get an aggregate view of a project Epics in a nested tree. Sum up your Epic’s Time Spent, Original Estimate, Time Remaining, and %age Complete. Edit all key Jira fields on the hierarchy screen.
View up to 10 level of hierarchy based on your Issue Links. Sum up for Time Spent, Original Estimate, Time Remaining, and %age Complete. Edit all key Jira fields on the hierarchy screen.
The Portfolio/Advanced Roadmaps Hierarchy too can be visualized and tracked on this screen. For that you need to select your top level issue type, eg Initiative, from the “Issue Type” filter and select “Include Jira Hierarchy” from the additional search box.
Time in Status
Track your bottleneck Issues. Identify the issues which are taking more time by tracking their time spent in each status and time spent with each assignee, and take appropriate actions, with more than 7 types of reports.
Worklog data within a specific date range for different projects. Group, categorize and filter the data.
Timesheet to view and enter time spent for all your issues for multiple days from a single place